Digital Tipping Point: Real-time Linux hacker Bill Huey discusses Linux kernel society 14
In this series of 15 interview segments, real-time Linux kernel developer Bill Huey talks about his experience with the efficacy of the Linux kernel society. He explains why he thinks that the Linux kernel project has proven to be such a huge success over more than a decade of existence, while other Free Open Source Software communities have proven less viable. He also compares the strength and weaknesses of corporate software development versus his experience with the Linux kernel.
In segment 13 (Tape 156~007), Bill says there are no widely spread worms or viruses for Linux. Linux programs are written better for security than Microsoft Windows programs. He says that the Linux community posts weaknesses rapidly and the community responds rapidly to those security threats. He says that the most secure thing is to just stop using Microsoft Windows. He says that he is not anti-Microsoft because he is not anti-anything. But programming under Linux is hard, because they Linux code base changes so quickly. There is so much cutting edge stuff that it is hard for applications developers keep up. He thinks that the Linux community needs to unify behind a single windowing system and they need to unify behind one company pushing a standard.
In segment 14 (Tape 156~008), Bill says that desktop applications are both juvenile and antequated. It is hard for third party developers to develop in the face of the rapid change in the Linux community. The kernel itself is very good and very stable. But the GUI needs to be better in order for third party developers to develop for Linux. If the Linux community would take a clue from the OS X code base, third party developers would come to Linux. OS X is good and clean. That is why third party development is rapid for OS X. Microsoft is trying to get old applications to run under .Net, but there Microsoft has the same problem of Linux developers -- getting developers to move to the new architecture. He thinks that Mono could really help Linux if .Net becomes popular.
In segment 15 (Tape 156~009), Bill says that we will know that the real world digital tipping point when people are just as comfortable with Linux as with Microsoft Windows. The digital tipping point has arrived for him already. He can do things with Linux that he can't do with Microsoft Windows. All the basics are there for him. Linux became good enough for him for the last two or three years (2001 to 2002). Linux just needs good leadership to push it to the next level.
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All of the segments of Bill Huey's interview can be found here:
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv155_sf_03_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_003_004.ogg (segment 01)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv155_sf_03_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_005.ogg (segment 02)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv155_sf_03_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_006.ogg (segment 03)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv155_sf_03_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_007.ogg (segment 04)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv155_sf_03_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_008.ogg (segment 05)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv155_sf_03_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_009.ogg (segment 06)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv156_sf_02_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_001.ogg (segment 07)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv156_sf_02_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_002.ogg (segment 08)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv156_sf_02_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_003.ogg (segment 09)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv156_sf_02_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_004.ogg (segment 10)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv156_sf_02_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_005.ogg (segment 11)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv156_sf_02_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_006.ogg (segment 12)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv156_sf_02_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_007.ogg (segment 13)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv156_sf_02_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_008.ogg (segment 14)
http://www.archive.org/details/e-dv156_sf_02_bill_huey_linux_realtime_architecture_009.ogg (segment 15)
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